Help us Make a Baby!

After 8 years together, Jennie and I are ready to start a family! As a lesbian couple things are a bit more complicated and expensive, so we need your help!
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Heather Crate
Health
Denver, Colorado
United States
1 Team Member

Thank you for stoping by our campaign!

We're Jennie and Heather Crate. We fell in love in college in 2005 and were married in 2010. We are so ready to start a family. We've officially been "baby crazy" for about the last year, but unfortunately a baby has not become reality as of yet. Heather is all set and ready to carry a baby for us and has undergone all necessary fertility testing. We've picked out a donor, we just need to get that little bun in the oven!  That's where you come in :)

Given that we're a lesbian couple, making a baby is not as easy for us as it is for others.  The costs associated with starting our family is what is standing in the way of our dream.  We not only have to pay to purchase the "baby batter" and the medical costs of IUI (Intrauterine Insemination--think turkey baster at the doctors office), we have to actually pay for Jennie to adopt our baby! It's crazy to think that we have to not only undergo a home study, but we also have to pay $2500 for Jennie to be listed as a parent of her own child. If the government recognized our relationship a second parent adoption wouldn't be necessary, but until that day, this is our reality.

With your contribution you will be directly involved in making our family a reality! Each one of you who stops by our page and makes a donation is putting us one step closer to the family we've been dreaming of.

EDIT: Since Colorado recently passed Civil Unions as long as our baby is conceived after may 1st Jennie will be recognized as the legal parent and we won't have to go through the tiresome, expensive process of a second parent adoption!

Where is the Money Going?

Our doctor has recommended that we secure funding for up to 6 attempts using IUI.  This involves one vial of sperm ($750) and one visit to the doc for IUI ($250) a month. Which works out to $1,000 a month for us to try and start a family. This adds up to $6,000 for 6 months of trying. On top of that a percentage of funds made in this campaign will also have to go to indiegogo - up to 4% - for hosting the fundraiser which is where the other $500 comes in.

If by some miracle we get pregnant with the first IUI the remaining donated funds will be used for Jennie's second parent adoption and any medical bills associated with the birth of baby Crate.

What you get!

Please consider making a contribution to our campaign. Not only will you recieve our love and gratitude, we are offering some awesome perks for you! We are wedding photographers at Green Blossom Photography so many of our perks are photography related. You can check out what's available on the right side of our page!

Also for a sample of our work you can check out www.greenblossomphotography.com. For the 8x10 perk choices check out http://www.greenblossomphotography.com/galleries/personal-inspiration/.

The Impact

With your contribution you will be putting us one step closer to making baby Crate a reality! We have so much love to offer and are so ready for a family. We hope to keep you all involved in this process as we head down the path to parenthood!

Other Ways You Can Help

We understand that not everyone is able to contribute financially to our campaign, however, you can still help us out!  Please, please take a moment to share our campaign on your social networks and with friends via Facebook, Twitter, blogs, or email.
 
 
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$6,550USD
raised by 137 people in 1 month
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$6,500 USD goal
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This campaign ended on April 27, 2013
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  • $5USD
    Love in your inbox

    For the cost of you next Starbucks run you will receive a beautiful PDF thank you note including original Green Blossom Photography photos and love from us in your email inbox!

    7 out of 30 claimed

  • $10USD
    Baby Crate Pin

    You could be the owner of an original Baby Crate pin. Check out the gallery for a sample.

    18 out of 25 claimed

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    $20USD
    A Photography Thank You Card

    With this contribution you will receive a personalized thank you note in your mail on an original Green Blossom Photography note card.

    25 out of 25 claimed

  • $50USD
    Matted Green Blossom Print

    You will receive an original Green Blossom 8x10 matted print signed by the artist. Check out your options at www.greenblossomphotography.com in the Personal Inspirations Gallery (link is in "What you get!" on the left of the page). Email the number of your selection to hlcrate@gmail.com after purchasing your perk. The number is located in the bottom left corner of the picture.

    18 out of 35 claimed

  • $100USD
    Feel Like a Model

    1 hour custom portrait photography session by Jennie. Engagement, family, professional, or just for fun. This offer only available to those who are in or are willing to travel to Colorado or are in Washington or Virginia and will be available when we visit.

    12 out of 15 claimed

  • $1,000USD
    Wedding Photography Package

    A Wedding Photography Package includes: 8 hours of coverage on your wedding day by Jennie and Heather, editing of images, online gallery where you can view your images, proofing platform where you can order prints, albums, and products, and a DVD of high-resolution images. We will travel (travel fees are additional, but can be worked out individually for weddings outside of CO) and you must email greenblossomphotos@gmail.com before purchasing to confirm your desired date is available.

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